and recovery has really provided me with a life that's really worth living, something that i never had before. to look at my dreams that i thought were totally dead, totally dead. i didn't think i was going to go back to school. i didn't think i was going to graduate with my bachelor's. i didn't think i was going to go right back into my master's to get my m.s.w. but that's what this house gave me, the opportunity to do that. it doesn't keep me clean, but, like, it gave the idea that, like, a way that i could do something better. when someone walks into the recovery house and they are in recovery themselves, they get an instant sense of being at home and familiarity. like, it's truly a day of homecoming for them. they get a sense of feeling of safety and belonging, which on a college campus with 48,000 people, many of whom are partying on a thursday or friday night. to have other people that are like you and have kind of the same experiences and the same kind of desires and motivations moving forward. it's really nice. you don't feel different, you feel a part of something and you can really help each other grow, you know, and change. once i had a year sober, that's when i moved into the recovery house. they had some space available.